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Technician (Civil Engineering)

Civil Engineering Technicians and draftsmen offer assistance in engineering research and operations. Civil engineering technicians may help plan, sketch, chart, and design projects related to civil engineering issues like bridges, airports, and road systems.

Duties and tasks

  • Collect and analyse data that is pertinent to current or upcoming projects
  • Inspect ongoing or completed work for accuracy and efficiency
  • Prepare designs and drawings for civil engineering projects
  • Select products, materials, and equipment to complete desired projects within a budget or bid
  • Work with officials to follow correct safety and regulation protocol

Skills required

  • Ability to design projects based on research and analysis
  • Compilation skills to assess needed materials, cost, and timeline
  • Research skills to price materials, gather data, and select appropriate materials
  • Skills necessary to use drawing tools to make plans to scale so builders can use those plans appropriately
  • Skills to prepare charts, plans, and drawings of necessary structures

Working conditions

Working conditions for the Civil Engineer Technician can vary greatly. Research and fieldwork may require being outdoors in all types of weather, but may also mean office work to draw, design, or place bids on jobs. Hours will also vary based on actual job title as inspections or problems may arise at all hours, on holidays or weekends, but those who predominantly analyse or bid may work a 9-5 shift.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

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